Paula G. Godfrey

Above: Godfrey, circa 1984


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 1, 1984 from Overland Park, Kansas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: June 19, 1965
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 115 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Godfrey was reportedly hired by John Edward Robinson Sr. in 1984 in Overland Park, Kansas. A photo of Robinson is posted at the end of this case summary. Godfrey was interested in pursuing a business career and told her family that Robinson had arranged for her and a group of women to fly to San Antonio, Texas to enroll in a clerical skills course. Godfrey believed she was hired to work as a sales representative for his Kansas-based management consulting firm, Equi II. Godfrey's family members told authorities that Robinson picked her up at their residence in Overland Park on September 1, 1984 and said he would drive her to the airport for her flight. Godfrey has never been heard from again.

    Godfrey's father traveled to San Antonio to search for her after she failed to contact anyone several days afterwards. He learned that she never checked into her motel on September 1. Godfrey's father returned to Overland Park and located Robinson at the Equi II offices. He demanded that Robinson tell Godfrey to contact her parents within three days, which never occurred. Godfrey's family members received a note postmarked from Kansas City, Kansas several days afterwards that was supposedly written their daughter. They immediately forwarded it to the police department. The letter was typed and contained numerous grammatical and typewritten errors, which Gofrey's loved ones maintained were uncharacteristic of her skills. The letter stated that Godfrey planned to "start over" and leave the Overland Park area, but didn't know where she would eventually settle down. She also thanked Robinson in the letter and told her family she was fine. Her family and authorities believe that the note was a forgery intended to dissuade investigators from pursuing Godfrey's missing person's case.

    Lisa Stasi vanished from Overland Park in 1985 with her infant daughter Tiffany Stasi after associating with Robinson. Lisa has never been located, but authorities learned that Tiffany was illegally adopted by Robinson's brother and sister-in-law in 1985. Investigators determined that Equi II was used as a front for a black market baby-brokering operation by Robinson. Authorities believe he murdered Lisa in order to secure Tiffany's placement.

    Robinson's illegal activities continued into the 1990s, when he was released from his most recent prison sentence and began assaulting women he met online. Authorities reopened their investigation into Godfrey's disappearance when Robinson's name was linked to a Kansas storage facility that contained barrels holding the remains of five women. Robinson is also suspected in the 1987 disappearance of Catherine Clampitt, another of his former employees.

    One of Robinson's former associates told authorities in 2000 that Robinson paid him $50,000 during the mid-1980s to recruit women for an escort service in Kansas. The associate claimed that he was a friend of Godfrey's and convinced her to contact Robinson, though she most likely did not know his true motives at the time. The associate said that he blamed himself for Godfrey's disappearance. Godfrey was an accomplished amateur figure skater before her 1984 disappearance. She is a 1983 graduate of Olathe North High School.

    Robinson was convicted of Lisa's murder and the murders of two additional women in Kansas in late October 2002. A jury recommended that he receive the death penalty for the other women's homicides. Robinson will be sentenced to life in prison for Lisa's murder in the near future.

    Above: Robinson, circa 2000


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Missing Persons Joint Task Force


    Source Information
    The Kansas City Star
    Lenexa Police Department
    Cable News Network


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 25, 2014; details of disappearance updated.

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